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Extended Drought Affects Millions

A severe drought, which began in the fall of 2009, has plagued most of Southwest China and part of South China, affecting 11.88 million people, 800 million livestock, and 11.2 million acres of farmland, says the Office of State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters (SFDH). 

On February 24, the SFDH initiated a Level II Drought Emergency Response by injecting 750 million Yuan (109.8 million U.S. dollar) into drought response and deploying 8.9 million people to help. 
Source: People’s Daily, February 26, 2010